At Yarborough Applegate, we are known for never shying away from a trial. In fact, we approach each and every case with the mindset that it will go to trial. Because in doing so, should we choose to settle, we ensure we’re positioned to negotiate top dollar. And when cases do ultimately go to the courtroom, we are ready.
Critical to our trial prep are the talented, dedicated paralegals of our team whose organization, communication, and foresight ensures our trial lawyers are equipped to deliver their strongest, most compelling arguments and secure justice for our clients. Recently, our very own Shene Hawk published an article that lets fellow paralegals in on some of the key trial prep lessons she has learned over the years.
In “Trial Prep: Tips and Tricks,” a feature in the Summer 2023 issue of ParalegalVoice, she outlines her go-to checklist for trial prep. It’s a high-stakes time that is equal parts exciting and daunting, she says, and that means having a game plan is essential.
Her prep work begins as soon as she learns a case is headed for trial, and includes methods and recommendations for organizing notes, files, and witnesses; working proactively; and managing the mental and physical expectations along the way. Read her full list here.
Motivated by her fascination with the law and passion for helping people wronged by others, Hawk began her legal career as a paralegal in 2006. In the years since, she has worked on a range of personal injury cases, from on-the-job injury to construction defect. She sits on the board for the local paralegal association Charleston Association of Legal Assistants (CALA), and enjoys volunteering with many of our firm’s nonprofit partners across the greater Charleston region.
If you or a loved one has been injured due to the carelessness, negligence, or recklessness of another, we encourage you to contact our team.